The Biography of the Sultans of Kilwa

52 Following him to the rule of Kilwa, was his son, Tālib ibn al-Hussain, who was removed from power after two years, four months and fourteen days. He was succeeded by Sulaimān ibn alHussain. This Sulaimān had a son named al-Hussain, also known as Ashra. When Sulaimān travelled to Mecca, he left his son in charge of the Sultanate. Sulaimān died near Mombasa and was buried there. Al-Hussain Ashra became the Sultan of Kilwa after his father's death. A few days into his reign, he decided to travel to Mecca for Hajj and Umra(1) and visit the (1) Umra is sometimes referred to as ‘little Hajj’. It is performed any time of the year, unlike Hajj, and involves only circumambulation of the Ka’bah 7 times, offering to units of prayers at the maqam of Prophet Ibrāhīm, walking between the mounts of as-Safā and al-Marwah 7 times, then trimming or shaving the hair of one’s head.